When it comes to drinks, at the beginning of my diet in 2009, I started to drink diet root beer because I had sweet cravings. I had usually one per day, rarely 2. I also drank 4-5 coffees at that time, sweetened with Stevia, and one herbal tea in the morning. Even before I started Superfoods diet, I tried to lower sugar intake for coffee, so I went from one and a half teaspoons to one half. Luckily, I never added sugar to a tea, so there was no issues once I started the diet, except that I wasn’t sure which sweeter to use. I didn’t like artificial sweeteners, I had them in my diet root beer anyway, so I tried Stevia and I liked it. But somehow, during my diet, my palate started to change. I didn’t need almost no sugar with my coffee and I started to avoid diet root beer. And then I tried, just for fun, pure black coffee, without cream or Stevia. And I liked it. I’m pretty sure that my lowered sweet tooth was caused by superfoods lifestyle, because of fruits that I ate daily and because I didn’t ate any wheat bread or pastry. So, after less than 6 weeks, I stopped drinking diet root beer completely (in the last 4 weeks I had a diet root beer maybe once a week) and I stopped adding Stevia to my coffee. During the last 4 years, I had a half-full small bottle of Stevia in the top drawer of my office desk, as a reminder on my sweet coffee days. I lowered coffee intake to 2 per day and I started to drink green tea in the afternoon, in addition to one herbal tea (sage + mint being my favorite) that I drank in the morning. When I wanted to drink something cold and refreshing I took a sparkling mineral water or soda with quarter of a lemon squeezed in. And one 4-5 oz glass of red wine in the evening (not every day).
If I’m invited to a party or if I’m entertaining, I’d drink mostly red wine. Please avoid diet pop drinks because they’re full of the nasty chemicals. They’re OK for the first few weeks while you’re still parting with processed food, but avoid them once you lose your sweet cravings. What I have later found out is that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas create a negative hormonal response in the body that increases fat storing hormone production and increases cravings for more sweets and refined carbohydrates in the time period after consuming the diet drink. The best alternatives are sparkling or regular water or club soda with lemon or unsweetened iced teas.
You have plenty of options with teas – green, white, black, mint. Be creative in making your iced teas and you’ll enjoy it more. Plus you’ll get a more diverse array of antioxidants. I’m not a fan of fruit juices, even freshly squeezed ones. I prefer to eat fresh fruit and with additional fibers found in fresh fruit, my choice is obvious.